Yesterday I had bat wings, today it’s angel wings.
But first, a story. One Halloween (maybe 2nd grade?), I wanted to be a ghost. That year, my Sunday school class was also having a costume party. After some brainstorming, we decided that I would be an angel for the church party and a ghost for Halloween, using the same costume but with different accessories. (I think for the angel costume, we made a gold sequined belt. Awesome.)
Two-in-one costume, clever, sure. But the best part? My dad made the costume. My mom doesn’t sew. Sure, she can cross-stitch, and she learned to knit a few years ago, but I’m not sure I remember her ever using the sewing machine. I called her today to confirm details about my dad making my costume. “So did he follow a pattern?” I asked, because I remember it having bell-shaped sleeves, something I’m not sure I could do well. “No,” she said, “he just made it up as he went.” I love that.
So, I had “mustard cardigan” on my wish list after seeing an inspiration outfit on Pinterest. When I found this one, I was thrilled. The knitting is beautiful, and the shade of yellow is lovely. But, angel sleeves – not really my style.
So today’s project is a quick one – turning an “angel sleeved” sweater into one I will actually wear.
First I tried on the sweater and pinned the sleeves how I wanted them with safety pins. (This is a bulky, loose knit sweater, and straight pins would have gotten lost.)
Next I turned it inside out and marked where I would sew the sleeve. I did the same for the other side. Then I used my sewing machine to sew the sleeves. After that, I cut away the extra knitting and did zigzag stitching over the seam allowances to prevent them from fraying.
That’s it. Quick and easy project that takes an almost “just right” cardigan to a perfect fit.
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